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British IT Administrators Overlooking Web 2.0 Security Risk

The survey Web2.0@Work by the security firm Websense observed the increasing use of Web 2.0 in organizations. It commented that although Web 2.0 tools are widespread in office, several businesses are at danger from security infringements as they are not well equipped to safeguard themselves against potential risks.

The survey discovered that only 12% IT managers of UK think that top 100 famous websites pose the utmost security danger on the Internet. Websense added that, in fact, 70% of the 100 most famous sites have hosted or directed unaware users to malevolent code, fraud or phishing.

Though, almost 57% of the survey respondents think that the Web 2.0 is compulsory for their business whereas 75% feel pressurized to permit access to higher number of Web 2.0 websites. The survey revealed that this strain is from all the departments of a firm, including sales departments, marketing departments and C-level officials.

Technical Director at Websense, Mark Murtagh, informed that as more and more employees use Web 2.0 applications and tools to enhance their output, IT sectors are presently facing a quandary, as per the reports by CBR on June 10, 2009. Mark also said that they do not want to curb use of these tools still they are facing problem to set up suitable usage policies regarding Web 2.0 and offer direction to their respective staff.

Also, the security experts stated that IT managers know that they have to protect the company from Web 2.0 threats, but are not often definite about what those potential dangers are.

Moreover, users who post sensitive details regarding their company on Web 2.0 could result in data leakage and reduction in the number of customers. In addition, malware is increasing rampantly in a world where users are producing their own content.

In the meantime, another latest study carried out by security firm Forrester Research discovered that the use of Web 2.0 is widespread in business and, consequently, web filtering is changing. The Forrester study examined that it now include the amalgamation of Web 2.0, malware protection and management of data leakage.

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